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The San Pedro Sun

Government of Belize Contributes to Relief Efforts in Dominica
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Dominica and has the honour to refer to the letter dated August 31st, 2015 from the Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, and Savingram, CDEMA/15/OB/34, dated August 31st, 2015, appealing for emergency relief following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika on August 26th, 2015. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize is pleased to inform that the Government of Belize will make a cash contribution in the sum of US$125,000 to the Government of Dominica for its relief efforts. The contribution will be deposited on September 9th, 2015 into the account provided in the damage assessment report.

Kriol Word of the Day: Kolcha
Belizean Kriol Artist Leela Vernon brings the word to life in her famous song “Ah wah no who seh Kriol no gat no kolcha?” The song title translated in English to mean: “I want to know who says Kriol (Creole) doesn’t have culture?”

Avian Influenza Infected Area in the Cayo District Regains Free Status
The Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) will today lift quarantine and other control measures implemented in the Cayo District following the detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 in January 2015. The last case was detected on the 5th of June 2015, and depopulation and decontamination were completed by the 9th of June 2015. In compliance with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) international standard, BAHA can declare the area once again free of avian influenza three months after decontamination. Quarantine control measures and the direct losses borne by the producers in the infected area have cost government and the poultry industry over BZ$6 million.

CZMAI, BTB and BPA launch Manatees Protection Initiatives
After hearing about the collisions between boats and the manatees, a meeting was held with the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI), the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Port Authority (BPA), to figure out a quick response to the collisions, and to eventually work on a plan with stakeholders to completely eradicate these incidents. From this meeting, came the first initiative, which is to install buoys in the Belize River, in the vicinity of Haulover Creek. The BTB donated six (6) buoys, and Mr. Chamberlain of Belize Marine & Sand donated two (2) for a total of eight (8) buoys to be installed by Belize Marine & Sand. The CZMAI and BPA will simultaneously install additional Warning and No Wake signs to bring added attention to all users of that portion of the river.

AM Construction Company Limited to head Ambergris Stadium Renovations
On Monday, September 7th, Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) announced that AM Construction Company Limited will be undertaking the construction of Ambergris Stadium, now renamed the San Pedro Football Field. The construction contract was awarded to the Orange Walk based firm for $2,623,911.95BZ. The renovation of the stadium has been in the pipeline for over a year, and will now finally move forward to the construction phase The vision of BIL is for the project to include a regulation grass pitch, bleachers to seat 800, locker facilities, concession stands, bathroom facilities and a storage unit. Once completed, the field will be the only proper football pitch on the island and will benefit the development of the sport in the island. The stadium will also be suitable for softball, running and track and field.

Ambergris Today

BTB Hosts Successful #BelizeanEats Twitter Chat
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) hosted another SUCCESSFUL Twitter Live Chat, September 3, 2015 under the hashtag #BelizeanEats! With exotic cultural influences and succulent local dishes, Belize surely enticed foodie-travelers online and garnered over 13 million in impressions. Participants were equally excited to both discover the authentic tastes of Belize as well as getting the chance to win unique foodie inspired prizes! "Today our BelizeanEats Twitter live chat saw a huge user-reach and provided an added boost to the digital marketing drive for Belize! This is another testament to the endless possibilities that the digital market offers. As the leaders in marketing Belize online, we are always seeking new and creative ways to showcase the appeal that is Belize!" - Ms. Karen Pike, Belize Tourism Board's Director of Marketing and Industry Relations.

More Than 102 Sea Turtle Nests Identified on Ambergris Caye
Still in the midst of Turtle Nesting Season, The Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and volunteer residents are in high alert and in search of turtle nests along the coast of the Ambergris Caye in order to protect these delicate sea creatures. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve staff discovered a nest of 93 eggs that were laid on Sapphire Beach Resort late in the month of August. Of that sum, there were about 40 turtle eggs that did not survive. Approximately 53 turtles survived from the nest that was found. The Hol Chan Marine Staff has been working closely with the resort staff to care for future nests found on the property. Following the initial find the staff of Sapphire Beach Resort, 14 more baby loggerhead turtles hatched next to the pool area. Five staff of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve arrived to assist in locating their nest, but unfortunately couldn't find it. Before departing they educated the resort’s staff on how to recognize the turtle’s nest area in the event that they come across it in the near future when cleaning the beach. By the end of August 2015, The Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program had recorded eight nests hatching just on the last week alone; three new nests were identified bringing the total to 102 nests on Ambergris Caye for 2015. In previous years 96 nests were recorded in 2013 and 77 nests in 2014.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Avian Influenza Infected Area
BAHA will today lift quarantine and other control measures implemented in the Cayo District following the detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 in January 2015. The last case was detected on the 5 June 2015 and depopulation and decontamination were completed by the 9 June 2015. In compliance with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) international standard, BAHA can declare the area once again free of avian influenza three months after decontamination. Quarantine control measures and the direct losses borne by the producers in the infected area have cost government and the poultry industry over BZ$6 million. The successful eradication of this avian influenza disease outbreak was possible because of government’s immediate and strong intervention. BAHA worked in close partnership with the Belize Poultry Association and the poultry producers in eliminating this grave threat to the sector. Both OIRSA and Mexico provided technical assistance as well as resources to help control the outbreak. It must be noted that Belize is the only country in the region to have successfully eradicated the avian influenza virus.

Last Sunday, Richard Ruben of Richard's Adventures organized a trip out to the site of the shipwreck that was recently removed after months on the reef. Although the ship itself is gone there is a ton of junk scattered around the area that needs to go so the reef can begin to recover from this trauma. Although only 2 of us went out for about 2 hours we got a lot of trash cleaned up from the site and we had lots of fun! It's like a treasure hunt. You never know what you might find buried amongst the metal, fiberglass and plastic debris. It was so much fun and there's so much junk out there that we're going to do it again and we'd love some help. We need at least 3 people so we can implement a technique that will save us a lot of exhaustion. More than 3 would make it super easy. If you are a strong swimmer (the wreck was right on the reef so it can be rough) and have a couple of hours to spare on Sunday, September 20, contact Richard about coming out with us. Everyone chips in for gas. Thank you!!

How about those Jaguars last night??!
e may have lost the battle BUT we certainly put up a good fight against the Voyageurs last night. Congratulations on making us proud. Photo Courtesy: Belmopan Bandits

Government of Belize Contributes to Relief Efforts in Dominica
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Dominica and has the honour to refer to the letter dated August 31st, 2015 from the Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, and Savingram, CDEMA/15/OB/34, dated August 31st, 2015, appealing for emergency relief following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika on August 26th, 2015. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize is pleased to inform that the Government of Belize will make a cash contribution in the sum of US$125,000 to the Government of Dominica for its relief efforts. The contribution will be deposited on September 9th, 2015 into the account provided in the damage assessment report.

BEL Holiday hours
Belize Electricity Limited extends best wishes for a safe and festive St. George’s Caye Day! Opening hours for all BEL Offices on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 will be: 8:00am through the lunch hour to 2:00pm. All BEL offices reopen for regular business hours on Friday, September 11, 2015.

National Service Day 2015
National Service Day is on the 19th, and there are tons of projects planned around Cayo.

SIPL at Belmopan Campfire
The San Ignacio Public Library staff performed at Belmopan's Camp Fire and storytelling event. They are famous for their storytelling. They also celebrated World Literacy Day at the Cayo Welcome Center.

Paint Party in San Pedro
Paint Party today at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar. 2p.m. let us know if you can make it!

2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
And the Jaguars were not the only ones who were in the spotlight last night. Four silver medallists who represented Belize in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games were recognized during the half-time for their wins in Los Angeles. We'd like to send a hearty congratulations to Jasmine, Anna, Ilda and Jayna for representing Belize proudly! Congrats ladies!

Ministry of Health Observes World Suicide Prevention Day 2015
Recognizing the importance of suicide prevention, the Belize Mental Health Program of the Ministry of Health joins the international community in the observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. Suicide is preventable, yet in 2014 there were 24 cases of death by suicide from across the country. The Ministry of Health encourages individuals suffering from any mental disorder to seek information and appropriate assistance. Most of these individuals fear degradation, judgment or labeling because of their condition. It contributes to the problem of having fewer people seek the help they need. Several studies conducted to date have shown that people with depression and anxiety disorders are at higher risk of having suicidal thoughts or attempting suicide. Diagnosing and treating depression and anxiety disorders are both necessary to decrease suicide crises and spread awareness of these issues.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, August 9, 2015: 60. PICK 3: 9 8 8

Battle of St. George's Caye Parade Route
Happy Battle of St. George's Caye Day! The SISE Town Council has created the map for the parade route tomorrow.

"Introduction to Birding and Bird ID" course for Tourism establishments
Just done with one more "Introduction to Birding and Bird ID" course for Tourism establishments. This time for Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures and Island Expeditions. Too much fun and we combined Birding with Ziplining! Thats a first for me.

Channel 7

Coast Guard Detained For Men Missing At Sea
5 coast guard personnel have been detained in connection with the disappearance of the 3 Belize City fishermen. The 3 men: 20-year-old Donovan Usher, 29-year-old Giovanni Murrillo, and 33-year-old Jerome Bowen left for Turneffe Island on Thursday morning, August 27 th . They went on a 1 day fishing trip but since then no one has seen or heard from these men. When we spoke to Donovan Usher’s mother she told us that she strongly believes that the Coast Guard has something to do with it. Well, it seems the story does have some credence to it because police have detained 5 members of the Coast Guard for questioning. Today we spoke to the family and they told us how they felt when they heard about this break in the case and what it means for the family. Courtney Weatherburne "What was the first thing that came to your mind when you heard that update?" Anna Cardenes, - Mother of Donovan Usher "I feel a relief, a weight come off of me because; like I said we know they have something to do with it. And I hope they get answers and that we get answers." Courtney Weatherburne "In the last interview you told us that you were still hopeful and you felt that you know; they were still alive. Do you still hold to that line?"

Coast Guard Officers For Contraband Extortion
So, while those officers are being investigated for the disappearance of the three seamen, 3 more are in trouble after being arrested and charged with extortion. CTV3 News reports that six days ago, on September 3, Ricardo Rivero, a resident of Consejo Village in Corozal, reported to police that he was bringing 10 cases of contraband beer from Mexico into Belize through the Bay of Chetumal. He was intercepted by a team of Coast Guard officers, and according to Rivero, they demanded money from him, and agreed to look the other way as he transported his contraband. He paid the men and then went on his way, and he reported the incident as soon as he could. Police allegedly conducted a sting operation and caught the 3 Coast Guard officers with an undisclosed amount of cash. They are 25 year-old Leslie Staine from Belize City, 32 Dubian Montero from Bullet Tree Village in Cayo, and 19 year-old Rayliee Usher from Hattieville. CTV3 reports that they were all arraigned before a Justice of the Peace, and they were offered bail of $1,000 each.

Stevedores Go Slow, Port Says Shut It Down
Since the beginning of this week, the stevedores have been showing their discontent with the Port of Belize by staging a go-slow on the loading of the sugar ship. They say the port management is dragging its feet on the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement – and so they started dragging their feet on the loading of the sugar ship. That came to a head yesterday when the Port Management decided to suspend operations and payments relating to the loading of the sugar ship. We were at the port right after that:.. James Neal - Stevedore "Beside that why we gone on go slow we need to get our CBA signed. For over 5 months the union tried to send letters to meet with the port concerning the start to negotiate; and port said they got nothing from they, none and that is a lie. The union have proof that they sent letters to they and so we mi done further put a notice to them that we will take more action if they no comply back to the union concerning the start to negotiate. And with that we will start with go slow or if it has to go further we will strike. We decided to start the step by going slow first. When we came in the night last night; from 6 to 7 we go in the night. They don't pay us, they told me they won't pay we and they decide that they will shut down the work until further notice."

Cops Got Break In Kareem Clarke Case From Eyewitness
Last night we told you about the 17 year old who was charged for the murder of Kareem Clarke. It comes two months after the 27 year old journalist was gunned down. Police say they got a break in the case when a witness to the crime agreed to give a sworn statement:… Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Div. Southside "And we had a breakthrough about a week and couple days ago in relation to that investigation. And yesterday we got the removal order from the magistrate court. We brought the person from prison because he was in prison and he was formally received and charged for the murder of Kareem Clarke." From what we have been made to understand that it was just done randomly. There was no basic motive behind it and the person who we have arrested and charged is an associate of the PIV gang; which is one the gang that is based in St. Martin's area."

Faith Nazarene Still A No-Go
Classes were closed today for the third day in a row today at the Faith Nazarene Primary School in San Ignacio Town. The teachers have been on sustained protest, and they are adamant with the management and the Ministry of Education that the current principal, Policarpia Pech, must be removed. The teachers and parents allege that she has mismanaged the school, while Pech, who has gotten her attorney involved to fight on her behalf dismisses their accusations as fabrications, mischief and hearsay. The management of the Nazarene Primary Schools has been working hard to keep the school functioning, and they tell us that they have a formal complaint before the Teaching Services Commission for consideration on whether or not Pech should go as principal. Meanwhile the Ministry of Education continues to look on in hopes that the school’s management can resolve the dispute as quickly as possible. Caught in the middle of all of this are the 400-500 students enrolled there who have been forced to stay home while the rest the country continues with classes.

Jaguars Play With Heart, Draw With Canada
Belize’s dreams of reaching Russia for the 2018 world cup have been dashed. But, the Jaguars went out with style and spirit – playing to a one -one draw with Canada on their home turf at the FFB field last night. Belize mounted numerous attacks on Canada’s goal leading to a Deon McCualey goal in the 26th minute – much to the elation of fans at a very full FFB Stadium. But Canada equalized in the 45th minute, and despite many valiant attempts Belize could not score again. So the game ended in a 1 – 1 draw, leaving the series at a 4 to 1 aggregate score in Canada’s favour. Canada now moves unto the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying. But their Coach said Belize was a worthy and dangerous opponent:.. Benito Floro - Head Coach, Canada "Belize is a good team, a really good team. We need to say thanks to the coach because the proposal of Belize is very nice and very good. The first game was in favour of us; it’s true that Belize don't have any chance of goal but we know that in meeting they are going to play very well as they have demonstrated. I think my players were concentrate as good professionals because we all realize that this game was very difficult for us, they delivering a goal."

Belize Free of Avian Influenza
Viewers may remember that in January of this year BAHA detected avian influenza in Belize, and in June the poultry farmers had to over 75,000 chickens to stymie the spread of the virus. That resulted in a poultry shortage, which later caused an egg shortage and forced the prices on both products to go up. The bad news is that it has caused the poultry industry a total loss of over 6 million dollars. The good news is that it was effective in getting the country’s poultry stock fully decontaminated. That’s why today, BAHA announced that it has lifted the quarantine it implemented in the Cayo District. BAHA notes that Belize is the only country in the region to have successfully eradicated an outbreak of the avian influenza virus. Though it is cause for a collective sigh of relief, BAHA notes that everyone still needs to remain vigilant that the virus is not brought back into the country from any location. BAHA also notes that there is also a threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza being introduced into local poultry stocks by migratory wild birds from North America. As such, the movement of live poultry - other than day old chicks - will remain restricted until further notice. If you are a poultry farmer, whether commercial or backyard, BAHA asks that you maintain your biosecurity measures and notify them if there are any signs of high mortality or unusual occurrences in your flock.

No Public Drinking On Tenth
Tomorrow is the tenth, and Saturday is Carnival Day. Between now and then, there will be a lot of public drinking and, on such occasions, it is allowed. But, you can’t drink out of an aluminium can or a glass bottle – it has to be a cup or plastic bottle – and this year police say they will be strictly enforcing that rule. Officer commanding Southside Chester Williams explained:… Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Div. Southside "When we read the legislation it says when you drink in public it must either be in one of 3 containers. Either is a plastic cup, a paper cup or a Styrofoam. If you do that is public, you will be within the confines of the law." "Now we are aware that on these days of parade, people will normally gather on the street corner with their icebox containing liquor and they drink. So we are simply telling people, you know what if to do that you could not be wrong but if you do it in a certain way you are wrong and you can be prosecuted for public drinking. So we're simply asking the citizens to comply with us on these days.

Cops Keeping It Safe In Carnival
And while the cop – slash – attorney Chester Williams loves enforcing all the rules on the books – he says the public drinking limitation is about public safety, which is a priority going into Carnival Day. He says police will be blanketing the city streets to make sure safety is assured:.. Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Div. Southside "I can say to Belizeans who intend to come out and watch the carnival parade or the 10th or 21st parade; that they can come out and the police will ensure that all persons who come to enjoy the parades are safe. We have our security measures already put in place. We'll be having officers saturating the city and most importantly the route of the parades will be covered in its entirety during the parade. And we are getting supplementary officers from Belmopan, SPU and the Gang Unit; who will be working the parades along with the police officers who would normally be on day off in Belize City on that day in question. We'll be having a very good amount of officers to ensure the safety of all persons who come out to enjoy the parades."

Calling All Kraft
You might want to hold off on the Kraft cheese slices for now because the Kraft Heinz Company has issued a recall on the individually wrapped Kraft Single slices – and it applies to products that are on shelves in Belize. According to a recall notice from the company, this is due to a packaging problem. 2 customers have complained of choking after eating the sliced cheese because when they removed the thin wrap or covering, films of the wrap remained on the cheese slice. It’s a choking hazard and the company is asking consumers not to purchase the Kraft singles and if you have, return it to the store and ask for a refund. For this latest recall, BAHA sent out a press release outlining the exact manufacturing codes to avoid when shopping for Kraft cheese products. You can find a link on our website. .

Hero Hard Talk
Last night, we showed you the discussion that the Belize History Association held in memory of Belizean National Hero Philip Goldson. Though, nominally, his stature in the pantheon of national heroes, is the same as George Price, Goldson’s legacy is not nearly as clear cut as the man dubbed the Father of The Nation. And, ultimately, that’s because history is written about and by the winners, and Goldson’s HIP and NIP, always played second fiddle to Price’s pre-eminent PUP. And the bitterness that goes along with any prolonged political rivalry - particularly from Goldson to Price - ran very deep. It is an article of faith for the NIP that Price sold out to Guatemala – a point that was somewhat vindicated in the 2011 authorized biography of Price when he acknowledged that he received funding from the Guatemalans – but only on the principle that they had a common enemy, the British. And while time’s torch slowly illuminates those darkened corners of history, still, there’s no easy congruence between the flexible Price, and the doctrinaire Goldson. But, those divergent paths had the same starting point: the People’s Committee in 1949. Headquarters? The Price Family home on Pickstock Street. In an extended interview he granted to Nuri Muhammad back in 1991 in Los Angeles, California, Goldson went back to the start, where as a journalist, activist, and a political aspirant, he was a part of history in the making:

Tumblers Still Tumble
The Carnival is coming, and that means all kinds of waist winding mayhem in the streets. But before the glamorama of Carnival, there was a thing called “road march” and when that swept through the city streets – it meant that the tumblers would be there. And they still are; every year, these self schooled, self styled gymnasts of the pavement bring up the rear of the parade. This evening we saw them practicing inside the St John’s Cathedral compound. Leader Ras Jen told us they are ready for the road.

Why Mud Matters
And another person in the deep stages of preparation for Carnival is Marsha Smith. Every year, she cooks the mud which will be smothered on the bodies of revelers before the break of dawn on carnival day when swarms of city residents frolic through the streets –bathed in mud. And while J’ouvert is fun, Smith who has been doing her mud factory for 12 years now says it’s also a lot of work: Smith is catering for ten thousand J’ouvert goers this year.

Destra Ready To Do It Up
Tonight 3 of Soca’s biggest names will be hitting the stage for their BELIZEAN fans at the Hour Bar in Belize City. They are Soca Queen Destra, Ricardo Drue and Kes the Band. The trio told 7news today that their show will bring high energy, fast-paced, and unpredictable on-stage performances. Concert gates open at 9 tonight.

Channel 5

PBL and CWU Agree To Start CBA Negotiations
This morning, stevedores protested outside the Port of Belize compound, again. This time it wasn’t about the quality of water served to gangs offloading sugar barges. It’s about more than [...]

Kareem Clarke’s Murder Was an Act of Random Violence
On Tuesday a minor was taken in shackles to the Belize Family Court, where he was arraigned for the murder of journalist Kareem Clarke on July sixth. The minor is [...]

…Police May Have Murder Weapon
Police believe that they have the right man in custody, and that they have connected all the dots to result in a conviction. In fact, they may even have the [...]

Was Devin Neal Killed Because of an Old Beef?
The search for Devin Neal’s killer remains active as police officers in Roaring Creek are seeking a suspect whom they believe carried out the deadly assault near the Agripino Cawich [...]

3 Men Detained in Xaibe Murder
Three persons remain in police custody tonight in Corozal after the body of an American national was found on his farm in the village of Xiabe in the northern district. [...]

A Look Back at Belize Vs Canada
The Belize Jaguars took on the national Canadian football team on Tuesday night in Belmopan. Football aficionados came out in numbers for the match which would decide whether Belize would [...]

From Commentators to Celebrities
But in Canada, the outcome of the game was overshadowed by Lodrick Sheppard and Clarence Shepherd, the duo known as Mad Bull and Maestro. Even before the game concluded on [...]

Queen of Bacchanal Touches Down in the Jewel
Tonight, there are a number of concerts in the city to bring in the Tenth of September. Top names from the Caribbean began arriving since last week. Among them is [...]

Ricardo Dru Says Carnival Overload Will Be Mad
Aside from the many local artists, including Ernestine Carballo and TR Shine, who will be featured at tonight’s Carnival Overload Concert, Caribbean soca artist, Ricardo Dru, will also be a [...]

Police Lay Down the Law on Public Drinking this September
September time is party time in Belize, and party time means drinking – at home, house parties, clubs, and most certainly in public. Now public drinking is prohibited, and recently [...]

Coast Guard Personnel Questioned in Fishermen Disappearance
The mysterious disappearance of three Belize City fishermen who set out on a fishing expedition three weeks ago has raised more questions than answers.  News Five can confirm tonight that [...]

Kraft Cheese Slices Recalled for Possible Choking Hazard
A voluntary recall on individually-wrapped American cheese slices is presently in effect, following a notice by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The request to return the Kraft Heinz Food [...]

Belizeans Flocked to 19th Annual BCCI Expo
The expo, hosted by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has become a staple in the September Celebrations calendar. This year, the number of visitors was less than last [...]


Presidential Candidate for Guatemala Says Belize Can Still Be Fought For
After counting the votes of Guatemalan’s first round of presidential elections, it came as a surprise to many that former comedian and television actor Jimmy Morales would top the polls. He received approximately a quarter of the support from those who participated in Sunday’s elections. Morales started late on the campaign trail and his slogan is, […]

Teenager Charged for Kareem Clarke’s Murder
A seventeen year old male has been charged with the murder of journalist, Kareem Clark. Senior Superintendent of Police, Chester Williams says that since the murder police has been on the case investigating. CHESTER WILLIAMS “Yesterday we were able to formally arrest and charge a 17 year old in respect of the murder of Mr.Kareem […]

Belize Declared Free of Avian Influenza Virus
In January, there was a detection of pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 in western Belize. Although it was on a minimal scale, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) went ahead and implemented some control measures while designating quarantined areas. Today, via a press release from BAHA, we can tell you that those measures are being lifted […]

Extension for Corozal Hospital
A contract was signed this morning for the extension to the Corozal Community Hospital. The addition to the building is expected to offer space for better health services that have been on demand in the northern district. CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, explains the project is part of rolling-out of the […]

Fisheries Department makes bust of illegal conch
The Fisheries Department and the Belize Audubon Society were in a joint operation early this morning which targeted fishermen who were diving for conch. Conch season is close and so those fishermen are in violation of the laws. Hampton Gamboa, Supervisor of the conservation Compliance unit at the Fisheries Department told us about an estimated […]

Punta Gorda police make arrest following rape report
Paul Mahung reporting… “The one male and two females charged are from Indian Creek Village Toledo as explained by Deputy Commander of the Toledo Police formation Clement Cacho. Clement Cacho – Deputy Commander “On Friday of last week police launched an operation in regards to the rape that occurred in Indian Creek Village as a […]

COLA receives support in campaign for construction of base
Citizen Organized for Liberty and Action, the Belize Territorial Volunteers, the Northern Territorial Volunteers, the Vision Inspired by the People and the Belize Unity Alliance have officially joined efforts in their cause. As you may already know, these activist groups have been in the forefront in regards to the transparency and accountable in Government and […]

Ministry of Health and partners focus on child nutrition
Paul Mahung reporting… The educational manuals and equipment are in connection with Japanese Social Development Fund Project implemented by the Ministry of Health. After the national anthem by students of Big Falls RC School the welcome remarks were given by the chairman of the Toledo Health Council. Guest Speaker was Ministry of Health CEO, Dr. […]

Belizean patriot Philip Goldson remembered
This morning at the Bliss Institute for Creative Arts, a forum was held about Phillip Goldson, his life, his achievements and contributions to the Belizean society. Part of the Forum’s round table discussion was Former Prime Minister of Belize, Manuel Esquivel, Maud Williams, Nuri Muhammed, Hector Silva and Gilda Lewis. Esquivel spoke about Goldson’s determination […]

Minister of Education says work to improve continues
The Statistical Institute of Belize has released statistics that shows forty five percent of the workforce has either a primary school education or below. Patrick Faber says that the ministry is working to address the issue now and says that the statistics are not a secret. Patrick Faber – Minister of Education “We continue to […]

Education Minister speaks on Catholic teachers’ complaint
Reports reaching our newsroom are that the Catholic Management in the Stann Creek District has begun doing a tour to inspect the teachers who are not complying with uniform regulations. We are told that if a teacher is found to be a delinquent in that aspect, he or she will be sent home. Minister of […]

Belize Energy Workers Union threatens industrial action
Last week Friday we told you about the letter that the Belize Energy Workers Union sent to Minister of Labor, Godwin Hulse. Essentially, President of the Union, Marvin Mora, thanked Hulse for his participation in the negotiations with Belize Electricity Limited. Also in that letter Mora expressed the Union’s position to take up industrial action […]

NTUCB President says Roy Davis must go
On Friday, Senator Ray Davis took his seat in the National Assembly as the Senator representing the Unions and Civil Society. The only problem was is that he was not supposed to be there. Well, that’s according to the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. As we have reported, the Congress has decided to remove […]

Teenager charged for the murder of journalist Kareem Clarke
A seventeen year old has been charged for the shooting murder of 27 year old journalist Kareem Clarke. It has been more than two months since Clarke was gunned down in the Ghost Town Gang Area on Vernon Street. According to police, the 17 year old who is being accused for the murder is not […]


Police say Kareem Clarke murder was “random”
As we told you yesterday, a 17 year old minor of Belize City has been charged and remanded in relation to the July 6 murder of 27 year old Kareem Clarke, the Amandala journalist fatally shot early in the morning as he was riding home from a stop in the area of Vernon and Lakeview Streets. After two ...

CWU and Port of Belize to meet after strike
Stevedores working for the Port of Belize Limited effectively shut down operations between six last evening and this morning until management agreed to meet with them discussing concerns of a pay dispute. The Port claims in a letter sent to the workers’ representatives, the Christian Workers&...

BAHA watching Shrimps for bacteria
And while the poultry industry in the west is now in the clear, another industry, this one in the south is still being monitored closely by BAHA. In April earlier this year, a vibrio type bacteria that causes a high death rate amongst juvenile shrimp was detected in at least 2 shrimp farms in the So...

Police issue warnings on public drinking
As the first of the major events of the September Celebrations arrives tomorrow, Thursday, the Police Department in Belize City has issued as a notice warning letters to be given out to persons caught drinking in public or loitering. The latter is straightforward: if you stand about in a public plac...

Literacy Rally and Parade held in Belmopan
Today, eight primary schools in the Belmopan area held a Literacy rally and parade as a part of World Literacy Day which was launched yesterday. The rally started at the Independence Park at 9:00am where Kuxlin Ha, Evergreen, El Shaddai, St. Ann’s, Garden City, St. Martins, OLOG, and St. Miche...

Kraft Cheese Slices May Cause Choking!
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority sent out a joint press release with the Ministry of Health and the Belize Bureau of Standards advising the public of a recall on wrapped American Cheese Slices. The Kraft Heinz foods Company is a common good imported from the United States. It is found on eve...

BAHA says Mission Accomplished: Poultry Industry saved
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority, BAHA is lifting the quarantine from the poultry industry in the Cayo District. This is after a low patogenic disease known as H1N1 infected thousands of birds causing farms and the industry millions. Emanuel Pech reports Dr Miguel Depaz: From when we detecte...

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About 3 months ago, the United Democratic Party managed to bring out 2,100 real voters of Belize Rural North for a contested convention where incumbent representative Hon. Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro had to go up against his political opponent Dwight Tillett, just so as to keep his seat as Standard Bearer of the party. On Sunday, September 6, the PUP couldn’t even manage to bring out 600 supporters for their event in the constituency, and that’s after they pooled all of their resources countrywide and brought in supporters from other constituencies. They got so desperate and offended at the failure that they resorted to mob-type behavior and stoned at the sitting Area Rep for simply observing their event. The press has been following this Power to the People Tour that the Opposition Party has been having. They visited 4 locations countrywide under the pretense of trying to reach out to the voters who live in these remote locations. That event is a farce; very few people of the community that they are visiting actually come out to hear what they have to say. They waste resources by having each standard bearer who shows up - (and they’re yet to get the entire dirty dozen to show up alongside them ) - bus in supporters from their constituency.

Massive housing project in Port Loyola
Port Loyola Area Representative Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez has embarked on the construction of an entire housing community just off Fabers Road in Belize City. It is estimated that 2.6 million dollars will be spent to get this project to completion, which will see 48 families become new homeowners, and about 20-30 existing homes renovated. That’s in addition to 150 construction workers who will be given jobs and an additional 30-40 men who will be employed to clear the area. Those 30-40 men had been working for months before to get the area ready for construction. They had to go painstakingly through back-breaking work to cut down large trees, cut away bush, and mangroves. Then, the next step was to truck in landfill to get the area up leveled grounding that houses could be constructed unto the land. As soon as that was completed, the contractors, who signed an official agreement on Wednesday, September 2, moved in and started to construct concrete homes built sturdy to outlast the elements. While that was being done, Martinez and his advisors foresaw that the neighborhood would need proper utilities, and so, they lobbied Belize Electricity Limited, and Belize Water Services Limited to install the infrastructure so that these homeowners could get the utilities installed immediately as the houses are completed.

National Bank opens for business in Belize City
On Thursday September 3, the National Bank of Belize was officially inaugurated and the offices began serving customers on Monday September 7. During the opening ceremonies, General Manager at the bank, Alvaro Alamina pointed out that the branch in Belize city “will mirror the activities of the Belmopan Branch, but will also offer new services such as night safe facilities, safety deposit boxes - targeting business and corporate customers in Belize City.” He noted that the Belize City branch will serve Belize City and surrounding areas as well as the northern districts and San Pedro and Caye Caulker. And as the bank expands Alamina says “the bank is now offering a number of deposit accounts, in addition to a wide range of lending products including mortgage finance, vehicle finance, business loans, and personal loans. The focus presently is on rolling of other services to include online banking, debit cards and checking accounts within the coming months as well as placing more emphasis on consumer, business and corporate financing.”

He Who Pays the Piper…
“He who pays the piper, calls the tune” is probably one of the most common and honest phrases in the global political arena. This is why campaign financing is such a hot topic in democracies across the world. People want to know who are contributing to the political organizations so they can have a better idea of the agenda they will champion once in power. Those who champion these calls for transparency are usually from grassroots watchdog groups. What happens; however, when it is the watchdog group that is suddenly acting shady? The organization formerly called Coalition to Oust Lord Ashcroft (COLA) is suddenly swimming in Ashcroft-like dough. After years of relying on favors and handouts just to be able hold press conferences, COLA has now unveiled state of the art printed banners and mass produced T-shirts just over the last two weeks. The organization that could barely muster fifty people to vote in its election of officers for the last three Annual General Meetings is suddenly packing V.I.P. rooms at the country’s finest hotel over the last two weeks. Therefore, with no intent to disrespect the organization’s leadership or make light of their ability to organize, members of the media and the public are now asking, “where is the money coming from?” Who is paying the piper?

Lisa Shoman, did Guatemala ever recognize Belize’s borders?
For Lisa Shoman to invoke immunity to read a reply from the Guatemalan Government is next to mind boggling and to an extent ridiculous. She stressed that the reply from Guatemala states that the Government of Guatemala DOES NOT recognize borders… so the question is? Are we to believe that during the Musa-Fonseca government the Guatemalans DID recognize borders when Senator Shoman and Eamon Courtenay were sitting at the table? So then, the Senator’s stress is to lead us to believe that the stance of Guatemala has changed… [as per insinuation of the Senator]? and, now, the following question is. If Guatemala accepted the borders, when she was a Senator, why were ten years not enough to resolve the issue? But, you see, we were NEVER told this by the then players…… we were never informed!

10th of September is here again
As we celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of St George’s Caye, let’s not forget the true reason we celebrate. We must remember that had those brave men and women back in 1798 decided to abandon the settlement, there would be no Belize and no reason to CELEBRATE. Those brave brave 14 men who paddled overnight from Flowers Bank to take part and vote in that all important Public Meeting should be given a special place in all of our hearts. The Baymen called a public meeting for 1 June 1797. At this meeting, because the Flowers Bank 14 had arrived in time to unlock a 51 to 51 tie as to whether to stay and defend the territory against and impending Spanish invasion or to abandon. In the end they voted 65 to 51 to defend the settlement. The people of Belize then referred to as the settlement of British Honduras stayed and defended the settlement and drove back the Spaniards on the 10th September. The rest is history. However we did not celebrate until 100 years later,when at the insistence and agitation of a man named Simon Lamb the colonial government declared the 9th and 10 September a national holiday. It was organized by a Centennial Committee as part of an ethnic and middle-class narrative by Creoles in Belize Town to assert their status as natives and equal partners to the whites in the colony of British Honduras. Since then we have commemorated that victory on the 10th September every year. It is not just that we parade on the 10th, but we have a buildup leading up to the 10th. September is about celebrations.

Old Benque Anniversary Travelling Exhibition opened
The “Old Benque Anniversary Travelling Exhibition’ was formally opened last Thursday night at the Benque Viejo del Carmen’s House of Culture. Doing the cutting of the ribbon to the exhibition was David Ruiz, whose works are prominently displayed at the exhibition. The night’s events were to mark the 25thAnniversary of Old Benque: Erase Una Vez en Benque Viejo, written by David Ruiz as well as the 14th Anniversary of the Benque Viejo House of Culture. Master of ceremonies, Ingris Can, a representative from the National Institute of Culture and History NICH, gave an opportunity for members of the community to provide some oral history. Traditional stories and other oral history passed on via conversations, such as between the elderly and young, have become a dying art in technology driven societies across the Globe. As a result, the Directors of Culture; especially at NICH, have been working very hard to elicit such treasures from members of the community in both oral and written form. The various Houses of Cultures around Belize are now repositories for such traditional arts and the Belize National Library Service and Information System is also doing its part to guard our Belizean stories so that future generations can enjoy them.

Exhibition of the Battle of St. George’s Caye opened in San Ignacio
An exhibition entitled, The Battle of St. George’s Caye, was launched on Friday of last week at the San Ignacio and Santa Elena House of Culture, which is being managed by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). Students from Saint Andrews Primary School were present to enjoy a rich display of visual as well as written data on the Battle of St. George’s Caye. Historian Geovanni Pinelo from NICH was present to give a power point presentation on the exhibition. Also present was Rolando Cocom, a researcher from the Institute of Social and Cultural Research ISCR at NICH, who was open to the questioning from students. The Battle of St. George’s Caye travelling exhibition will continue to be held at the San Ignacio based House of Culture until October of this year. According to Lupita Ferguson, the coordinator of the House of Culture in San Ignacio, parents, teachers and students alike are now being invited to visit and learn about an important Battle in Belizean History. It was W.J McKinney, the Acting Colonial Secretary, who first made it known in 1898 that the Governor-in-Council was pleased that Friday and Saturday, the 9th and 10th of September shall be observed and kept as Public Holidays throughout the Colony on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye. It was apparently for very good reasons as Frederick Hopkins Hunter, a third generation Belizean would later write in his book, The History of the Sovereignty of Belize, Belize the settlement established by Force of Arms Sovereignty in the year 1798 on the 10th of September.

San Pedro also gets a football field
Under the Belize Infrastructure Limited, major municipalities have been receiving financial support for either the construction or total upgrade of existing sporting facilities. Not to be left behind is San Pedro Town where a new football stadium will be constructed. On September 7th, the Minister of Works along with BIL's director, Christy Mastry signed on to a contract valued at BZ $2,623,911.95 for the construction of the San Pedro Football Field by General Contractor Agusto Blanco of AM Construction Co. Ltd. The new facilities will include lockers, concession area, VIP and media facility, bleachers with seating capacity of over 800 persons, ticketing area as well as parking and plaza for the football pitch.

Teachers refuse to teach at Faith Nazarene in San Ignacio Town
A tense atmosphere filled the quiet halls at the Faith Nazarene Primary School in San Ignacio Town this afternoon; as both principal and teachers squared off over management issues. Teachers at the faith based school congregated outside closed classrooms on Monday before going into a closed session at 2:00 pm. Policarpia Pech was placed on administrative leave sometime in May of this year, but was reinstated as Principal of Faith Nazarene just last week. Leroy Banner, Attorney-at-Law for Pech told the Guardian on Monday evening that his client’s name is being slandered; despite the findings from both the Nazarene Ministry and the Teaching Service Commission that nothing incriminating was found against his client. Banner also reports that the tense situation is causing his client much discomfort and stress. He also reports that Pech would like the teachers to put aside their differences and to come back and teach.

Belize ratifies WTO facilitation agreement
The Government of Belize has ratified the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and submitted the instrument of acceptance of the TFA to the WTO secretariat on 2 September, 2015. Following Trinidad and Tobago, Belize is the second CARICOM country and the 13th WTO member to ratify the TFA. The Trade Facilitation Agreement was concluded at the WTO’s 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference. The Agreement contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues. It further contains provisions for technical assistance and capacity building in this area. The TFA broke new ground for developing and least-developed countries in the way it will be implemented. For the first time in WTO history, the requirement to implement the Agreement was directly linked to the capacity of the country to do so. In addition, the Agreement states that assistance and support should be provided to help them achieve that capacity.

BDF camp coordinator accused of taking girl to Gulf Hotel
BDF Private and 2015 Camp Coordinator, Kenneth Gary Swazo, 29, is behind bars on remand for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old camper in August of this year. According to reports, Swazo met the girl at the 2015 BDF Summer Camp and kept in touch after the camp was over. According to reliable sources and police report, on August 20, 2015, Swazo took the girl to a hotel located on the Phillip Goldson Highway, formerly known as Gulf Hotel, where he had sexual intercourse with her. The girl’s parents learned of the incident when someone alerted the mother and she confronted the child. The girl admitted that she went to the hotel with Swazo where they had sex. The parents then took the girl to the police station where they reported the matter. The girl was taken to a doctor who confirmed that she had been carnally known and classified her injuries as grievous harm.

Rick Chambers gets three months for “barrowing” cellphone
Rick Chambers, 19, is serving his first week of a three month jail term after he pleaded guilty to robbing Luis Miguel Montenegro of a black and white LG Tribute touch screen cellphone. Allegations being made against Chambers, a construction worker of #9080 Police Street, is that on Thursday, September 3, 2015, he approached Montenegro and snatched away his cellular phone which is valued at $325.00. Montenegro reported the matter to police and Chambers was arrested and charged with robbery.

Belmopan Interoffice Volleyball competition
The Belmopan Volleyball Association Interoffice Volleyball Competition continued on Friday 4 September, 2015, at the newly renovated Hill Top Basketball Court in the City of Belmopan. There were three games on the schedule. In the first game played for the evening, Blazers defeated BTL Digicell in three sets by the score of 25-15, 25-27 and 15-6. In the second game of the evening, SSB Set to Go won over Networks by the score of 25-18, 22-25 and 15-6. And in the final game of the night, Roll it 8percent defeated CITCO Stars by the score of 23-25, 25-23 and 13-15. The competition will continue this coming weekend at the Hill Top Basketball Court.

Belize Bank Bulldogs Softball Team off to Central America Championship
The Belize Bank Bulldogs, National Female Softball Team of Belize, is scheduled to leave the country on Tuesday 8 September, 2015, for Managua, Nicaragua, where it will participate in the Central American Senior Women’s Softball Championship. The Belize Bank Bulldogs will join teams from El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama and the host country Nicaragua. The Team is headed by Nelson Longsworth, Treasurer of the Belize Softball Federation and the Head Coach is Floyd Flowers. The team is expected to return home on 14th September, 2015.

Belize City Council/Leslie’s Imports Cycling Criterium
The annual Belize City Council/Leslie’s Imports Cycling Criterium will be held on Sunday 13th September, 2015, on Albert and Regent Streets in Belize City. The event will commence at 10:00 am with the Youth Development Programme Races. And then will be followed by the female race which is comprised of 15 laps. In the female category, first place will receive $200.00; second place $100.00 and third place will received $50.00. In the female category, there will also be lap prizes at the 5th and 10 laps in the race. The junior riders will ride for 20 laps and their prizes will be as follows: 1st place $200.00, 2nd place $100.00 and third place $50.00. In the junior category, the lap prizes will be at laps 5, 10 and 15.

CYDP Peace Cup Tournament rolls on at the MCC Grounds
The Conscious Youth Development Programme Peace Cup Tournament for 2015 continued at the MCC Grounds on Saturday 5 September with four games on the schedule. In the first game played Uprising Striker edge out Lake I Rising Stars by the score of 3-2. The goals for Uprising Strikers were scored by Francisco Brecenio (2) and Jermaine Foster and the goals for Lake I Rising Stars were scored by Hubert Baptist (2). In game two, Exodus United from Democracia won over Jerusalem by the score of 3-1. The goals for Exodus United were scored by Ronalfo Alvarez (2) and Paul Smith. Meanwhile, the only goal of the game for Jerusalem was scored by Alrick Alvarez.

An overflow of patriotism in September
As we approach the beginning of September, we prepare for celebrations that strike patriotism in every Belizean man, woman and child. First we celebrate the historical encounter we refer to today as “the Battle of St. George’s Caye”, the carnival road march, and the most dominant event of its genre, Independence Day. This is the time of the year when Belize dresses itself with the patriotic colors red, white and blue, to proudly recognize the historic accomplishments that have molded Belize into what it is today. Belizeans engage in activities each year to show appreciation for the diligent efforts of those who came and fought for our territory, even in a time when the existence of Belize was questionable. Despite the trials that our country faces, such as the never ending Guatemalan claim to Belize, Belizeans whole heartedly express patriotism for their territory. Perhaps, celebrating the entire month of September is one of the best parts of the year for Belizeans; however, it is so special because it entails a holiday celebrating the anniversary of the signing of documents that declared Independence. Although it is our national holiday and has huge historical significance, it should be one of celebration. It wasn’t only breaking away from our mother country, but establishing our very own set of values that strived to make us unique amongst other countries. Independence Day celebrates those very ideals of democracy and liberty, and is for anyone who believes in their country. Similar to the celebration of Independence Day, the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day is also a holiday to remember and honor those first Belizeans, formerly called Baymen, who made sacrifices to create Belize and then defend it over the years.

Light The Night For Kids
The 2nd Annual Light the Night for Kids was held on Friday, September 4th in Belize City. Hundreds of Belizeans, including families, students and corporate groups came together in support of The Inspiration Center and Belize’s children with disabilities. Equipped with glow in the dark t-shirts and accessories, the participants walked and danced through the main streets of Belize City and ended at the Memorial Park, where the festivities finished with a fireworks display. While this event aims to raise funds for The Inspiration Center, it also promotes healthy and active lifestyles while providing a family friendly atmosphere for a fun night out. The organizers of Light the Night for Kids wish to thank all sponsors who contributed either financially or logistically as well as those companies and schools that brought out groups to participate. Global Ambassador for Special Olympics and Chair of The Inspiration Center, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, expressed that “the outpouring of support showcased the public’s awareness of children living with varying disabilities and underscores their civic duty to celebrate them”.

Major Disaster in Sandhill for the PUP
Sunday 6th September, 2015 will be a day the PUP won’t soon forget. It was dubbed as Major’s coming-out event in Belize Rural North. The Major had reported for duty and had been on the ground doing that duty for about four months, visiting the voters in their homes, so one would have thought he was in and was no longer a stranger to the area. As predicted in my article “Inside the Numbers” way back in June after the UDP’s historical convention, the good people of the BRN still saw him as what he is - A STRANGER . So they stayed away from the PUP event on Sunday. This is no way an insult to RURAL PEOPLE or am I saying something you as readers don’t know. In an almost ‘clanish’ way they have kept strangers out of their lives more times than they had allowed them in. You see they have been burned a few times by strangers they had let into their lives. So they at not taking any chances. To be let into the lives of these humble communities one has to be first introduced by persons of trust in the area, and then that stranger must get rid of that title of a STRANGER by earning the trust of the people there-in.

Micah attacks Francis Fonseca again!
Not being a writer by profession and the fact that the Guardian was to hit the streets two days earlier on a Tuesday instead of it’s regular Thursday publication day, I thought I would have a problem to write something for this edition. I now have to say not so. Neither did I have shortage of stories nor did I suffer writer’s block. As a person who monitors the political landscape , I am having my fill of things to write about . The various players inside the PUP are always creating some sort of Headline Story, mostly at the expense of the Leader of their party This week’s drama is being created and directed by one Micah Goodin. Now this is not the first time Micah has stepped into the limelight. As you readers, Facebookers and television viewers may recall, towards the end of July 2015, Micah took to Facebook around the time when the G-12 had started their uprising in the PUP. He at that time had his crosshairs on the PUP Leadership, but he did it by using Yasmin Shoman as his target. Yasmin you see, was the candidate for whom he had been DUMPED by the Leadership of the party.

PM Barrow hints at election date
On Thursday of last week Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow, hinted that the next general elections will be called no later than the first part of next year. He added that the time frame he is looking at is close to the 4 year mark of the last election, that would put the date no later than February or March of 2016. During his discussion, the Prime Minister noted that if elected for a third term he may be inclined to look at the possibility of changing the election cycle to a 4 year term rather than a 5 year term as had been advocated previously by the opposition.

Rat bites baby at Western Regional hospital
The Belmopan City Council is taking serious and swift action to address a problem of rats that residents of Belmopan have been complaining about over the past couple of weeks. According to Mayor of Belmopan, Khalid Belisle, the council will meet to address the problem following disturbing reports in which a newborn was bitten by a rat at the Western Regional Hospital. Reports are that a rat managed to get into that hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and it ended up finding its way into the incubator, and bit a premature baby hours after it was born. The child was born on Thursday night, September 3, and it was placed in one of the medical institution’s incubators. Now, anyone who knows little about the Neonatal ICU, knows that it houses a hospital’s most vulnerable and fragile patients. These tiny human beings have been born before the completion of their gestation period, and as such, their vital life-saving systems - such as the immune system - hasn’t been fully formed yet to protect the infant from deadly diseases.

Belize ratifies WTO facilitation agreement
The Government of Belize has ratified the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and submitted the instrument of acceptance of the TFA to the WTO secretariat on 2 September, 2015. Following Trinidad and Tobago, Belize is the second CARICOM country and the 13th WTO member to ratify the TFA. The Trade Facilitation Agreement was concluded at the WTO’s 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference. The Agreement contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues. It further contains provisions for technical assistance and capacity building in this area. The TFA broke new ground for developing and least-developed countries in the way it will be implemented. For the first time in WTO history, the requirement to implement the Agreement was directly linked to the capacity of the country to do so. In addition, the Agreement states that assistance and support should be provided to help them achieve that capacity.

Carl Lino to stand trial for attempted murder
A Preliminary Inquiry (P.I.) into whether there is sufficient evidence to charge Carl Lino, 22, for the attempted murder of George Street Associate, Andrew Tate, has concluded with a committal for trial at the Supreme Court. Tate was shot in the back of the head while riding a bicycle on North Front Street on Wednesday afternoon, November 12, 2014. He was ambushed by a lone gunman who reportedly fired three shots in his direction. The gunman then attempted to flee the scene by running into Pinks Alley but was pursued by an officer on foot patrol. The officer fired shots at Lino, one of which caught him in the left upper leg. A chrome 38 pistol was recovered and Lino was arrested for attempted murder.

Failed attempt to smuggle rum into beer fest blows up
Kirk Perez, 44, allegedly tried to smuggle a bottle of rum into the Belikin Fest at BTL Park on Friday, September 4, and when he was stopped by a woman police constable he threatened to go get a gun and return to shoot her. According to WPC Tanisha Salazar, she was assigned to the Belikin Fest at BTL Park on Newtown Barracks on Friday night, September 4, when a man approached the entrance on bicycle at about 9:10 p.m. She stopped him to conduct a search for items that you are not allowed to take into the public gathering. Salazar claims that during the search of the man who gave his name as Kirk Perez, she found a bottle with green liquid substance inside his pants front. She took the bottle away from Perez and that was when he hit her in the chest area with his elbow and jumped on his bicycle. As he was riding away, Perez said, “This da just deh begin because I gwen home to get my gun and blast you just for holding dah bottle of rum.” Perez managed to escape from the area before Salazar could call for support but he was later picked up by police and taken into custody. Salazar later identified him at station as the man who assaulted her.

7 Salvadorans caught heading to Belize City
Seven illegal Salvadoran immigrants are set to be deported after they were caught on board a Guerrero’s bus heading to Belize City on Thursday, September, 3. According to reports, the group of three women and four men was intercepted at a checkpoint in Hattieville Village. Police boarded the bus and requested that the individuals produce their visitor’s permit or other forms of identification to show their status in the country. Those who could not produce documents were removed from the bus and taken into custody at the Hattieville Police Station. The seven Salvadorans were then transported to the Belize Immigration Department in Belize City where they were identified and an investigation revealed that they had entered the country illegally.

Killed by a teenager inside a tattoo shop
An unknown gunman has shot and killed 25 year-old Glenford Vernon, a resident of Cran Street, in a broad daylight. It’s a broad daylight murder that has elements of gang-violence, but there is no real evidence to point to that at this time. That’s because Vernon - as far as the press is aware - is not a part of that type of life. What police are able to say at this time is that it happened at around 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 3. Vernon was inside a tattoo shop, and he was getting a tattoo when a young man - someone believed to be under 16 years of age - walked in and fired one shot at Vernon and about 5 or 6 more shortly after. He then walked out of the tattoo shop and immediately fled and escaped. Vernon survived the attack, even though he had reportedly been shot in the chest, both hands, one of his legs and in his abdomen area. Compassionate bystanders rushed him in time to the KHMH, but he died shortly after while receiving emergency medical treatment.

Team Belize still hopeful after Friday’s defeat
Team Belize is preparing for a return match on Tuesday September 8 at the Football Federation of Belize’s Stadium in Belmopan. As it makes its final preparations, the Jaguars are coming straight off a 3-0 deficit which they picked up at theBMO Stadium in Canada. Team Belize Traveled to Toronto Canada on Tuesday September 1 for the Friday September 4 first of two matches between the two countries. It was a history making event as Belize is facing a formidable opponent in a first for Belize in round three of the World Cup Qualifiers. With expectations at its maximum the Jaguars valiantly defended the goal posts both by the defenders and goal keeper Woodrow West. But the penetrating ability of Canada would soon pay its dividends as the better part of the first half was played on Belize’s side of the pitch. It was on the 25th minute of play that Tosaint Ricketts scored his first goal and yet another by Ricketts in the 65th minute of play. The third goal was scored by Atiba Hutchinson shortly thereafter.


Amandala reporter Kareem Clarke’s alleged killer remanded
This afternoon Belize City police escorted a 17-year-old minor to the Belize Family Court, where he was arraigned on a charge of murder in connection with the shooting death of Amandala reporter Kareem Clarke. No plea was taken from the minor, who was remanded to the Wagner’s Youth Facility, located on the compound of the Belize Central Prison. The minor, who police say is known to them, is scheduled to return to court on October 28. On the morning of July 6, Kareem Jabbor Clarke, 27, was cold-bloodedly gunned down as he rode his bicycle on Vernon Street. The killer, who apparently “lay-waited” Clarke, pumped several shots into his body as he rode his bicycle at the corner of Vernon and Lakeview Streets. Clarke was returning to his New Road home after visiting a friend in the Mayflower Street area.

Rat bites newborn in neonatal ward
As Amandala readers will recall, less than six months ago it was reported that Western Regional Hospital was dealing with a rat infestation problem. These rodents had gained access to the hospital’s food pantry, where groceries for the patients and the staff were stored. Despite efforts made to address the problem, five months later, the problem has not gone away. In fact, the affliction has climaxed with the biting of a newborn baby girl (born prematurely on Thursday night, September 3) by a rat which was able to enter her incubator in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Administrators at the hospital have speculated that the rat entered the room via an opening in the wall in the room through which the vent for an AC unit had been installed. One of the nurses from the Western Regional Hospital staff, one Nurse Guerra, told the newspaper that the incident occurred in the neonatal unit at 1:39 a.m. on Friday, September 4. “The nurse just turned her back to do something and she heard the baby scream. She immediately responded by removing the baby from the incubator,” she said.

“We do not recognize Belize’s borders!”
Following an incident on the Sarstoon River on August 16, in which the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) on an expedition to Sarstoon Island were subject to intimidating tactics by elements of the Guatemalan navy in Belizean waters, Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow held a press conference at which he told the nation that, “An extremely strong protest note has therefore been prepared by our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was approved just now by the NSC [National Security Council] for immediate dispatch to the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, with a copy to the OAS.” On August 16, the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), led by its founder Wil Maheia, and Orlando De La Fuente, leader of the Northern Territorial Volunteers, led an expedition to Sarstoon Island, where they were accosted by elements of the Guatemalan Navy inside Belize territorial waters in the presence of Organization of American States (OAS) observers, who themselves also were subject to acts of aggression by the Guatemalans until they were able to identify themselves. Prime Minister Barrow, however, never told the Belizean people that Guatemala responded on August 24 to the protest note Belize had sent.

BTV to take fight for Belize’s sovereignty to Diaspora Belizeans
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) issued a press release today demanding that Prime Minister Dean Barrow immediately release the contents of the Guatemalan government’s response to the diplomatic protest note sent by the government on August 19. BTV founder Wil Maheia told Amandala tonight that it is very important that the government come clean with the Belizean people. “For too long they have been playing off this Sarstoon River situation,” Maheia said. Maheia said he is also calling on Belizeans in the diaspora to come out and protest the Belize delegation when it goes to the United Nations for this year’s General Assembly address in September. “We are calling on Belizeans in the diaspora to meet the Belize delegation at the UN and voice their concerns about the way the Government of Belize has apparently ceded territory to Guatemala by its inaction,” Maheia said.

Union workers unhappy with Port of Belize Ltd.
Members of the Christian Workers Union (CWU) who work as stevedores at the Port of Belize Limited in Port Loyola, are expressing their discontent, because they have not been paid by the Port, they said. Audrey Matura-Shepherd, president of the CWU, told us tonight that the men have not yet been paid for the day. Usually, they are paid at about 2:00 in the afternoon after completing a shift at about 6:00 in the morning, but today, they were told that they would not be paid. Shepherd said that this action did not come as a surprise, because the Port had indicated that the sugar company, American Sugar Refinery (ASR), on whose sugar barges the stevedores had been working, had expressed dissatisfaction with the work done by the stevedores, who they claimed seemed to be on a “go-slow”. The Port thus indicated to the union that it was suspending all operations.

GPS tracks stolen 2014 Toyota Hilux to Melchor
Slick thieves with an apparently unrelenting preference for expensive, late model Toyota Hilux pickups, carried out the most recent in a string of thefts of government vehicles by stealing a late model Toyota Hilux from the Ministry of Health in the Garden City – the seventh Hilux to be stolen in a span of two years. The improved, high-tech security apparatus at the parking lot where the vehicle had been parked aided in the tracking of the stolen vehicle to a yard in Melchor de Mencos. Melchor police were alerted and have secured the vehicle, which will be returned to Belize shortly. Kim Bautista, Director of Vector Control, for whose program the vehicle was obtained, told Amandala that the vehicle has not yet been returned, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring the situation, and as soon as the relevant paper works are completed, the vehicle will be returned.

Jaguars play their hearts out: draw 1-1 with Canada
The unthinkable almost seemed possible twenty-five minutes into the ball game tonight at the FFB Stadium, when Belize’s premier striker Deon McCaulay received a lovely pass inside the eighteen from Harrison “Cafu” Roches and unleashed a right foot blast that glanced off the right goal post and into the net past Canada’s keeper for the 1-nil Belize lead at the 25th minute. Overcoming the 3-nil game 1 loss to Canada seemed quite within reach; but the euphoria inside an almost packed stadium was abruptly quelled a couple minutes before intermission, when Canada’s William Johnson (44’) equalized on a grounder through a crowded eighteen that partly blocked the vision of Belize goalie Shane Moody-Orio. With the score tied at 1-1, even 3 more Belize goals would not be enough for us to advance, as with a 4-4 score, Canada’s away goal would then be the difference. Nevertheless, the Jaguars were rejuvenated to start second half, and, with much closer “man to man” marking, began breaking up the scrimmage passing of the Canadians repeatedly, resulting in exciting attacks at goal; but after each build-up led to “oooh’s” and “aaah’s” from the cheering local fans, there was disappointment each time as it fizzled to an end with an errant pass or an interception by the Canadians. But there were still a few close calls that kept the crowd hopeful for a victory.

Cricket Corner: Easy Does It!
With the kind sponsorships of SMART and BELIKIN, the Harrison Parks Cricket Competition, under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, came to a beautiful ending on Saturday in Bermudian Landing, when Easy Does It from the ever so beautiful village of Lemonal captured the 1st place by defeating Wicked 11 from Flowers Bank handily, with a score of 126 to 122 with two spare wickets, in front of a massive crowd. The game should have started at 10:30 a.m., but because of a slight rain that came down, it was delayed a few hours. Well, the umpires, Dirk Sutherland and Emmanuel McFadzean, who did a splendid job, said time for game to start. Wicked 11 took to bat first. Both teams will now play to their best. There should be no room for errors. First two batsmen went in to meet Herbert Banner and Kenroy Reynolds. The first wicket fell for 17. And it went on this way: 2 for 24; 3 for 28; 4 for 29; 5 for 99; 6 for 104; 7 for 116; 8 for 117; 9 for 117; all for 122. Herbert Banner was the man that did the damage by taking 4 wickets for 17 runs scored against him. Winston “Bass Hag” Flowers scored 55 runs for his team, Wicked 11.

“Jump ropes” for Belize District primary schools
Primary schools in the Belize District that participated in the “Jump Rope for Health” training conducted by Ms. Shauna Thomas of Caribbean Sports & Development Agency (CSDA) out of Trinidad & Tobago will be receiving their jump rope packages to introduce this programme to their schools leading up to the National Jump Rope Competition to be announced at a later date. The Hon. Herman Longsworth, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports with direct responsibility for Youth & Sports, will be distributing the jump ropes on Thursday, September 17, at 10:00 a.m. at the Rogers Stadium Basketball Court in Belize City.

Belmopan Interoffice Volleyball Tournament update
Belmopan Interoffice Mix Volleyball Competition commenced two weeks ago in Belmopan. Games are played every Tuesday & Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Court in Belmopan. Here are the scores for the games that were played on Tuesday & Thursday night of last week, September 1 and 3. In games played on Tuesday, InviCourt Strikers defeated 3 Flow Eagles, 25-21, 25-13; DFC/Dream Works/Ministry of National Security Blazers defeated CITCO Stars, 25-23, 29-27; and SSB SET to Go, won over BTL Digicell-4G/BUCA, 25-22, 25-15.

Editorial: Deep throat
Elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper we publish a letter from one who calls himself “Glenda Parham.” The letter is an attack on the editorial credibility of the newspaper. But, we publish the letter in toto and without any editing whatsoever. The writer has written before, and our conclusion is that this is someone who has been or may still be highly placed in the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) and who is very well informed, perhaps actually had access to classified information. The loyalists of the UDP have reason to believe that the present administration’s popular support has been damaged by recent Amandala editorials, hence the need for such attacks as Glenda Parham’s. Again, we publish this letter because there are points we wish to make to our readers. The most important point is that the business of the Belizean army (Belize Defence Force) is national security business. As such, a lot of BDF business is confidential and classified. Military business is mostly secret business. This is as it has to be, because armies are, by definition, in the business of war, which is to say, the business of life and death.

From the Publisher
As I write this Sunday afternoon, September 6, 2015, Guatemalans are going to the polls to elect a new government. Extraordinary events have taken place in that Central American republic over the last ten days. Under the pressure of several months of mass demonstrations in the capital city, the Guatemalan Congress had voted on Tuesday to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of immunity from criminal prosecution. With his Vice President, Roxana Baldetti, already in jail for several weeks, Pérez Molina resigned on Wednesday this week, whereupon he was imprisoned. Pérez Molina was supposed to stay in office until the new government was sworn in next year January. His new Vice-President, Alejandro Maldonado, was sworn in as President on Thursday afternoon. As the noose tightened around Pérez Molina’s neck last weekend, I had telephoned Clinton Canul Luna in the Finca Solana section of Corozal Town to get his read. At that point, Pérez Molina was still in power and he was holding on to presidential immunity. Canul Luna suggested that Pérez Molina might try to run for asylum to Mexico. He said that it appeared to him that powerful people in Washington must have turned against him for some reason or the other. If that was not the case, if Washington had remained supportive of Pérez Molina, Canul Luna surmised, then the leaders of the street protests which had begun in April would have already been “disappeared.” That is to say, such leaders and organizers would have been kidnapped, tortured and murdered.

“The Jewel is a gangster …”: Urban concurs.
Dear Editor, At the end of May 2015, I wrote a letter to your newspaper captioned: “In case you have not noticed.” Therein, I pointed out some crucial issues related to the de-risking of Belize Bank. Since then another of Belize’s banks, Atlantic International Bank Limited, lost its correspondent bank account with Bank of America. Once again I’d like to elaborate on the concept of de-risking. In the aftermath of Atlantic International Bank having been denied access to the US financial system, spin doctors from the Ministry of Finance, the Financial Intelligence Unit as well as the Central Bank of Belize began damage control, using euphemisms about safeguarding US assets and correspondent banks looking into ratings and tainted money. I believe your editorial of 28th August was more informative on possible reasons for Belize’s lack of access to US financial system. Amandala’s editorial on August 28th 2015, The Jewel Gangster, informed us that, “Belize is a country where people live, overall, well above their means. The reason for that is that Belize is a country where there is a lot of trafficking of illegal commodities, such as narcotics and human beings and travel documents. The Jewel is a gangster.”

The mesmerizing tale of how Belize got its name
With numerous discussions circulating about the Battle of St. George’s Caye and our first settlers, as a Belizean, have you ever wondered how the country got its name “Belize”? Many Belizeans are aware that the country was formerly known as British Honduras, then in 1973 its name was officially changed to Belize. The name of our country “Belize”, as many tourists have noted, is very exotic and unique and over the years has generated various “origin” stories. The origin of the name is unclear; however, as you will clearly see in the facts stated below, there exist two popularly espoused possibilities of the etymology of the name Belize. The first, one of the more logical origin stories, was probably derived from the earliest records of the settlement found in a journal dated back to 1677 belonging to a Dominican priest named Fray Jose Delgado, as noted in Alan Twigg’s book, Understanding Belize: A Historical Guide. Since the Mayans were the first settlers of the country, it is believed that the name was provided by the priest’s translator and originated from the Mayan word “Balix,” which means “muddy waters,” referring to the Belize River, or from another derivation of the Mayan word “Belikin,” meaning “land facing the sea,” referring to the coast — both of which were names of popular settlements of the ancient Mayas.

19th Annual Expo Belize draws out 17,000
This past weekend, the September festivities, continued as Belizeans made their way to the ITVET compound where the Belize Chamber of Commerce held its 19th annual Expo Belize Marketplace, which was first held in 1996 as a consumer trade show. It is estimated that a little less than 17,000 people attended the event, which was held on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an entrance fee of $3.00 being charged for children and $5.00 for adults. The opening ceremony for the show was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, and featured US Ambassador Carlos R. Moreno as the guest speaker. Moreno, in his speech, addressed trading between the USA and Belize and touched briefly on the banking situation in Belize. Some businesses which participated in the expo included Karl H. Menzies Ltd., Bowen & Bowen Ltd., Belize Telemedia Limited, Grace Kennedy Belize, Westrac, Cellular World, Unicomer, Smart, Go Graphic, Go Wireless, Tropic Air, Dolphin Productions and Quality Poultry. According to a press release from the Belize Chamber of Commerce, new participants included the Merida Chamber of Commerce, the Auto Pavilion, Optical Services, Ready Call Center and “Micro Businesses promoting Handicraft, Agro-Products and Environmental Literature”.

Search suspended for 3 men lost at sea
he National Coast Guard and the Belize City Police Department have reportedly suspended a search-and-rescue operation around Turneffe Island and the surrounding area in the Belize District, to find three Belize City men who have been reported missing at sea since Saturday, August 29. The missing men are Giovanni Murrillo, 29; Jerome Bowen, 32; and Donovan Usher, 20, all of Belize City. Last Thursday, August 27, the men had travelled from Belize City to Turneffe Island to recover a boat and were to have returned to the city that same day, but have since disappeared. The Coast Guard was alerted when a missing person report was made by the families of the men on Saturday, August 29, and they began the search effort the following day, Sunday. Ten days after the men disappeared at sea, the men have not yet been found, despite the efforts of the Coast Guard to find them.

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BAHA lifts alert for Avian Influenza in Cayo districtn
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) lifted the alert for Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in the Cayo district on Wednesday. According to World Health Organization standards BAHA can declare the area once again free of avian influenza three months after decontamination. BAHA said in a […]

Was Remo’s murder a random shooting?
Two months after the outrageous murder of journalist Kareem Clarke, a 17-year-old was charged for the crime; the motive, however, may be as appalling as the crime itself. According to Officer Commanding Eastern Division South, Sr. Superintendent Chester Williams, the police suspect that Clarke was […]

BEWU awaiting word from BEL before strike
The Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) has threatened to strike if there is no breakthrough in negotiations with Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). The union is waiting to hear the outcome of a meeting between the company and the Labor Minister, who publicly asked for […]

High processed food sales =high obesity rates says PAHO/WHO
Countries in Latin America which have the highest sales of ultra-processed foods also have the highest obesity rates, says a new study released from the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The report, entitled “Ultra-processed food and drink products in Latin America: […]

Expo’s success brings new problems for BCCI
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (BCCI) 19th annual Expo Belize Market and Trade Show this past weekend was the biggest it has ever been. The Expo enjoys more business participation and a wider variety than it has ever seen. If it continues […]

Entertainer leads in Guatemala’s polls
Guatemala’s comic actor, 46 year old Jimmy Morales, has won a surprise victory in the first round of Guatemala’s presidential election, but did not secure enough votes to avoid an October runoff. Of the 14 presidential candidates, Morales won 24 percent of Sunday’s vote. […]

“G-11” a no-show at PUP rural rally! Clear the Land Castro gets run out.
The dialogue between the “G-11” and the People’s United Party hard-liners looked promising up to last week, but not one of the Group of 11 attended Sunday’s rally in Sand Hill Village. The rally, had around 800 PUP supporters who turned out to be […]

Ministry of Health tackles malnutrition in Toledo
The Ministry of Health this week, launched three publications geared at empowering residents in the Toledo District with knowledge and skills to address the malnutrition problem rampant in southern Belize. The publications are the “School Health Day Manual 2015,” “Growing Good, Growing Healthy” a documentary […]

Business community supports BEL settlement and GOB education loan
The private sector has offered its support for the government’s recent Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) settlement with Fortis as well as several loan motions to improve the quality of education and highway infrastructure in the country. Private sector Senator Mark Lizarraga said that the […]

Senator Shoman makes Guatemalan response to Belize public
Opposition Senator Lisa Shoman, revealed at Friday’s Senate Sitting, that Guatemala has issued a not so cordial response to the Government of Belize’s protest note regarding the August 16th incident at the Sarstoon Island and says GOB must come clean to the public. Shoman […]

Thirty-four years ago there were great expectations as Belize prepared to welcome her independence from Great Britain. Thirty-four years later, not all of those expectations have been met, but we would be a dense and morose people indeed if we did not pause to give thanks to God for His […]

Young patient rapes elderly patient!
It didn’t make the daily police situation reports disseminated to the media, but there is a disturbing report coming out of Belmopan’s residential psychiatric care facility, the Palm Center. It says that one of its young male patients raped an elderly female patient last week. To protect the identities of […]

New report spots deficiencies and lapses in education sector
An appraisal report prepared by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on Belize’s education sector has identified numerous critical deficiencies and lapses in the country’s education department, despite having invested more than US $130 million in the sector over the last 10 years. The report, […]

COLA and BTV join forces Tells PM to build base and fire Sedi!
Following a meeting Tuesday morning, the Belize Territorial Partners officially joined hands with the grassroots activist organization COLA (Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action), to issue a statement demanding the construction of a Forward Operating Base at the mouth of the Sarstoon. In that statement issued early Tuesday morning, the […]

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John McAfee to announce run for U.S. president
Add computer guru John McAfee to the list of people running for the presidency of the United States in 2016. According to the Times of South Africa, McAfee told Wired magazine that he believed that the current government doesn’t understand technology – pointing to the hacks of the U.S. Office of Personnel […]

Police say Kareem Clarke murder was “random”
A 17 year old minor of Belize City has been charged and remanded in relation to the July 6 murder of 27 year old Kareem Clarke, the Amandala journalist fatally shot early in the morning as he was riding home from a stop in the area of Vernon and Lakeview Streets. After […]

Police issue warnings on public drinking and loitering
As the first of the major events of the September Celebrations arrives tomorrow, Thursday, the Police Department in Belize City has issued as a notice warning letters to be given out to persons caught drinking in public or loitering. The latter is straightforward: if you stand about in a […]

CWU and Port of Belize to meet after strike
Stevedores working for the Port of Belize Limited effectively shut down operations between six last evening and this morning until management agreed to meet with them discussing concerns of a pay dispute. The Port claims in a letter sent to the workers’ representatives, the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU), that Belize […]

Kraft Cheese recalled, consumers advised to be vigilant
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of specific individually-wrapped American Cheese slices produced by the Kraft Heinz Foods Company of the U.S. A statement from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), the Ministry of Health and the Belize Bureau of Standards advises the general public that […]

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day
Apart from the local observance, September 10 is an important day internationally as World Suicide Prevention Day, observed by the Ministry of Health and the Belize Mental Health Program under the theme, Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives. Belize saw 24 deaths by suicide in 2014 countrywide. The Ministry says suicide is […]

Agriculture Ministry ends $6 million avian flu outbreak in Cayo
The Ministries of Health and Agriculture; Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA); and the Belize Poultry Association have announced that the outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 in the Cayo District earlier this year has ended. BAHA is to lift quarantine and other control measures implemented following detection earlier this […]

Fisheries Department sieze $5,000 worth of illegal conch
The Belize Fisheries Department along with Audubon Society, made a bust of around 465 pounds of illegal conch Tuesday morning, inside an icebox that was hidden in some mangroves. This bust was a result of an operation targeting closed season operators as the conch season is closed until October 1st, raising the value […]

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GOB to provide aid to Dominica after tropical storm
The Government of Belize will be providing financial aid to Dominica to assist with relief efforts in that country after tropical storm Erika caused severe flooding and property and infrastructural damages. After Tropical Storm Erika hit Dominica on August 26th, causing massive damage, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of that […]

Mostly fair and warm conditions today with chance of moisture tonight
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies with cloudy spells today and cloudy skies at times tonight. Showers and thunderstorms throughout the day will be isolated. A few showers and thunderstorms will affect mainly Southern Districts tonight. Winds will be blowing from the East at 10-20 knots and […]


Consider Nature as Capital to Become More Sustainable
Two distinct approaches to economic development in communities have evolved over recent times: industrial recruitment and self-development. The traditional approach to community reinvention or improvement has been industrial recruitment. This form of economic development still has a large following among local and state economic developers, despite studies that show that governments seldom gain back their investments in terms of public revenue generated. In this process usually a large economic venture such as a “big box” store or large industrial complex is recruited into a region with the hopes that other economic development and jobs will follow. But self-development, including supporting local entrepreneurship, is a community economic development (CED) strategy of increasing interest to a variety of technical assistance providers and rural communities. This tactic embraces participatory approaches that focus on civic engagement to first identify and then mobilize multiple resources (forms of capital) for widespread social and economic benefits – an asset-based improvement approach with a focus on local capacity building. Assuming that the assessment of community capacity in different sustainability sectors can provide some understanding toward the development of communities, there needs to be a means of evaluating that capacity in each and all the environmental, social, and economic systems and their assets, that form the foundation of a community. The currency of such a methodology can be derived from the amalgam of community capital.

Low Airfares are Finally Here: Now What Do We Have to Do to Keep Them?
I moved to Belize 8 years ago and air fares (at least to the East Coast of the US) have remained about the same. Priced between $650 and $800 USD, I would POUNCE if prices dropped into the $500s and was always surprised to see fares around Christmas time top $2000. But those days are OVER! FINALLY what we have all been begging for FOR YEARS is here. Low Cost Carriers are coming to Belize – most importantly, we have Southwest Airlines (America’s LARGEST carrier) flying from Houston’s Hobby on a daily flight starting October 15th. Woo HOOO! But those days are OVER! FINALLY what we have all been begging for FOR YEARS is here. Low Cost Carriers are coming to Belize – most importantly, we have Southwest Airlines (America’s LARGEST carrier) flying from Houston’s Hobby on a daily flight starting October 15th. Woo HOOO! SO…fares are now low. Cheap Flights just put out another listing of low cost flights to/from Belize City…as low as $335 and this is BEFORE Southwest and Copa even start flying here. The #SoutwestEffect is in FULL effect.

Where to Celebrate Your Thanksgiving in Belize
When Thanksgiving arrives in the U.S., everyone gives thanks for pilgrims arriving safely at Massachusetts’ Plymouth Rock centuries ago. Typically, lavish meals replicate the first one shared by settlers and Native Americans. Over time, Thanksgiving traditions have circled the globe, so if you visit Belize at the end of November, you’ll enjoy fellowship and delicious Thanksgiving meals at these 10 popular destinations.

Top 3 Must Have Items in Your Carry-On
If you need to get around Belize quickly, we suggest flying! Have you thought about what you’ll pack in your carry-on? We have compiled a quick list of Carry-on travel tips: Depending on your desired destination, your flight time can range from a few minutes to a few hours. Don’t get caught feeling bored as you wait for your flight, or even as you fly to your location; pack a few items to keep you entertained. Don’t forget: Paperback book Ebook and charger (you are allowed to use during flight) Phone or MP3 player (you are allowed to use during flight) Medication Regardless of where you travel, minor aches, pains or complications are always possibilities. Be sure to pack some over-the-counter pills, and of course, your prescribed pills in your carry-on, so they are readily available. Easy choices for a carry-on can include: Pain relievers Hand sanitizers **Hint: Always keep prescription medication in your carry on**

BIN0MIUM – a review
No one in the last 2 decades has pushed as hard at the construction of art “appreciation” enveloping us in the post-colonial/neo-colonialism era than Yasser Musa. Last week I got dressed up and attended the launch of his latest effort BINOMIUM, a collaboration with the premier “street” artist of our time, Michael Gordon. As Yasser points out, he and Michael are different in so many ways but fused together by art and a life shared in the old city, and welded in their artistic endeavors. More than a river runs through the old city, and seeing it through two different realities is not just a novel education. Valentino Shal, who shares the similarities with me of being born and growing up in rural Belize and then having our mind scrapped and scooped by liberal academics, wrote this review of the presentation. In the complex dna that is Belize, the life we live conducted by the star dust of the universal eons, the people involved in this entire thing are all similar but different.

Belize’s September Celebrations Keep Getting Bigger and Better
Other Central American countries may offer visitors a sultry month of non-descript activities as they wait for year-end holidays that trigger fiestas and celebrations, but in Belize, we like to start our partying much earlier—in September—because we’ve got a lot to commemorate. As the 34th anniversary of our independence nears on September 21st, we get the party rolling early—on the 10th. If you crave several weeks of fun, grab a party hat, anything in your closet that’s red, blue and white and clear your calendar.

Belize: many cultures, one people!
Belize is a nation of many cultures mixed together to form a unique body of people in our region. Despite the disparate origins of the Creole, Mestizo, Maya, Garinagu, East Indians, Chinese, Mennonites and many others, we have come together – in some cases literally so – to live harmoniously despite our differing traditions and beliefs. We have lived together despite maintaining and preserving our individual identities and ethnic differences. We present a summary of these traditions and beliefs which together have made Belize what it is, a Caribbean nation in Central America. The Creoles, The Mestizos, The Maya, The Garinagu, East Indians, Arabs, Chinese and Mennonites.

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The Future of Belize Telecommunications Market to 2025 - Analysis and Outlook of Belize Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors
Belize Telecom report provides complete analysis and outlook of the country's mobile, fixed landline and broadband service markets. The research report gives you the yearly outlook of the emergence of demand for mobiles, fixed landline, broadband services and ICT goods trade. In addition, changing patterns and key strategies being opted by companies in current shifting industry scenarios are detailed in the research work. The Belize Telecommunication industry is compared with peer markets to analyze the position of the country in the regional and global front. For detailed analysis of the market, key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of operating in the country are provided. Latest industry trends and drivers facing Belize's telecom markets are included to enable better understanding and evaluation of operating or expanding in the market. Demographic and macro economic factors driving the telecom market in Belize are also analyzed and forecasted to 2025 in the research work. Further, industry competition structure and profiles of the leading five companies in Belize's telecom sector are analyzed in detail in the report. All latest developments and their impact on players in the industry are also provided.

How the U.S. is working with Central American nations to fight the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs
In El Salvador, gangs are attacking police and soldiers with brazen new tactics. Since January, 43 members of the police force have been assassinated. In the U.S., transnational gangs have become increasingly evident in drug trafficking, extortion and, in some parts of the country, pimping and prostitution, the FBI says. It is against that backdrop that about 70 law enforcement officials and prosecutors from seven countries gathered Wednesday at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration downtown to swap notes and intelligence in an effort to better combat these increasingly violent and sophisticated groups, especially the notorious Mara Salvatrucha or M-13 and 18th Street gangs. The exchange includes investigators and prosecutors from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Belize and from around the U.S., including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.

5 Real Life Make-it-Rain Human Rituals
A water temple complex was recently discovered alongside some sacred pools in Belize. Supposedly the ancient Maya people made offerings there to Chaak, the rain god, to end drought. National Geographic explains, “Nestled in a quiet forest in Belize, a deep aquamarine pool holds ruins from a time when the ancient Maya turned to a ‘drought cult’ and hurried sacrifices to a water god to stave off the fall of their civilization.” “Drought cult” sounds pretty intense, but the sacred sacrifices were nothing too dramatic; ceramic jars, pots and stone tools were discovered in the depths of the pools. What’s perhaps more interesting than what was sacrificed is where they were sacrificed. Ancient Maya believed that the rain god Chaak resided in cenotes, or natural wells—which were considered to be portals to the underworld. Whatever they are, they’re beautiful.

Women in Latin America and Caribbean face wide-ranging barriers to economic opportunity, says WBG report
Women in the Latin America and Caribbean region face wide-ranging barriers to their economic advancement. There has been progress recently, however, in introducing comprehensive laws to protect women from many forms of domestic violence, says the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2016 report, released today. The report, finds that the region is making considerable strides towards gender equality, however, in the areas monitored by the biennial report. In the past two years, Jamaica repealed a restriction on night work for women which had been in place since 1942; Mexico made payments for childcare tax-deductible; and Uruguay increased the length of maternity and paternity leave. Uruguay also raised the minimum age of marriage with consent, for both boys and girls. In addition, 16 economies in the region prohibit women from doing the same jobs as men, says the report, which monitors 173 economies throughout the world, including 33 economies in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Belize does not allow women to work at night in factories or handle goods at a dock, and Honduras and Colombia restrict women from working in jobs deemed hazardous.


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